Selling Royalty Free Handpan Music

In the past here at HPM we’ve published posts on selling your Handpan music via Bandcamp, and making money from your videos using Google’s adsense program.  And in a similar vain, with this post, will be taking a look at the idea of selling (or indeed, buying) Handpan music, in a royalty-free format.

What Does Royalty Free Mean?

Royalty-free, or RF, refers to the right to use copyright material or intellectual property without the need to pay royalties or license fees for each use or per volume sold, or some time period of use or sales.

Or, for our purposes here - when you sell your Handpan music royalty-free, you charge the buyer a one-off fee, for the right to use your work without requiring them to pay yourself future royalties (all very self-explanatory).

With royalties being: ‘a sum paid to a patentee for the use of a patent or to an author or composer for each copy of a book sold or for each public performance of a work.'

Selling Your Music Royalty Free

Selling your work royalty-free for a one off payment is something that is ultimately a judgement call. Should some Disney executive stumble across it and decide that your composition is the perfect fit for their next summer blockbuster, a one-off payment, compared to a small fortune lost in residuals, could make you wretch later down the line.  But if you judge the chances of that happening unlikely, you’re just trying to keep the lights on and some food in the fridge, or just fancy making a little extra money for whatever your reasons - selling your music in the royalty-free marketplaces, could be of interest to you.

Pond 5

And you wouldn’t be alone if you’re keen.  Because over at the Pond 5 website, a New York based online marketplace for royalty-free media - Handpan music is already being bought and sold.  Primarily under the ever-popular "Hang Drum" moniker, at time of posting, but also as the more conventional, Handpan.

Bringing into Question Ballistol and FrogLube

While PANArt recommended Biofa Oil, for protecting Hanghang from rust, in earlier years, and later switched to a new biopolymer-based cleaning and anti-corrosive fluid, known as “Hang cleaning fluid”, when an independent study was carried out by a member of Handpan.org back in 2011, testing various substances for their rust-preventing properties, against fragments of Handpan shell, which found FrogLube, and Ballistol, to be the best performing - these two concoctions became widely embraced - and until recently at least, have served as the two main go-tos, for Handpan rust protection/prevention.

However, two studies published just recently, by folks deeply involved in the building of Handpan, have, for differing reasons, called out both of these popular Handpan anti-corrosion treatments, as possibly having detrimental effects upon our instruments. Are these guys simply trying to drum up more business for their buddies over at Phoenix Handpan Care? Or should we be worried? Read on to find out more...

The Case of the Glue-Eating Oil

Aura Handpan-man, Jon Antzoulis, recently shared a study that he'd conducted into the possible negative effects of various oils upon the glue used to join the upper and lower Handpan shells:

"Over the past year, I have encountered at least 3 instances where the glue inside completed instruments appeared to have dissolved or changed in consistency, causing the shells to come apart from one another.", " I suspected that the glue was somehow being compromised by the lubricants that we use to protect our instruments from rust, so on November 29, 2016, I decided to do a test..."

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The Death of Sustain

Saraz Handpan-man, Josh Rivera, has also been conducting his own tests recently, having witnessed what he believes to be the negative effects of oils like Ballistol, and FrogLube, upon a Handpan's overall sound...

"As many of you know, I had spent months researching different oils and protections for the handpan, after having noticed a significant loss of sound using Balistol. Of course, after noticing it with Balistol, I then noticed it with FrogLube", "...after spending so much effort to get a sound/sustain we enjoy, having it altered and effectively undermined by the oils we use was getting quite frustrating. after spending so much effort to get a sound/sustain we enjoy, having it altered and effectively undermined by the oils we use was getting quite frustrating. "

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Solos Handpan - Made in Canada

At time of posting there aren’t too many makers that we know of based in Canada for those hailing from those lands to choose from.  But one of the most established Canadian makers now, and easily verifiable, is Pepeto Pinto, the man behind the hammer at “Solos Handpans” (also known as “PintoPans”).

Based in Charlottetown, Jamaica-born steelpan tuner, turned Canadian, Pepeto, told cbc.ca in an interview "I took three years to understand fully the instrument and how to build it - Although it was an inspiration of the steel drum, it still had some unique differences.".  "Producing a handpan can take anywhere from a few days to a month - It's an art — an art sculpture..."



What do those who have purchased Solos Handpan have to say about them?  Luckily, to find out, we need look no further than over at ETSY, where, at time of posting, Pepeto’s craftsmanship, and customer service, both, have earned him a solid five star rating (no easy feat on any e-commerce platform).  With previous purchasers leaving such reviews as, “I've been loving this handpan and have been spending time with it as much as possible since it arrived. The construction is solid, the color is beautiful, and the tones and scale are fantastic. Pepeto was very communicative and a pleasure to work with throughout the process”, and “Sooo impressed and in love with my Handpan in D minor! Notes are clear, sharp and eupherial just the way my soul likes to be addressed. Thank you Pepeto for your craftsmanship and communication throughout the process of crafting this beauty.”...



Solos Handpan can be found for sale via the PintoPans ETSY store: HERE.  Or for more information you can find Solos Handpans at Facebook: HERE

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